Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. What is an ideal figure, usually decides a purely temporary beauty ideal of a society. Accordingly, one should not orient oneself to the covers of any glossy magazines. We are all beautiful. But sometimes not all of us are healthy. Obesity is one of the modern widespread diseases. Every now and then one stumbles across CBD in the current diet publications. Reliable fat burner or imposter? Let's find out.
What do you actually lose weight?
Overweight can have many causes: Metabolic diseases, medication or quite classically an imbalance in the energy balance. If too many calories are consumed, these are stored as energy depots in the form of fat deposits. In the worst case, the body is no longer able to adequately break down harmful substances due to malnutrition and this can lead to further physical problems.
In an adult, the number of fat cells is fixed, what changes with weight gain is their size. Those who have declared war on their excess weight set about reducing their fat cells. Fat is stored in fat cells in the form of fatty acid molecules. The body builds up depots for bad times. What made sense for our ancestors is no longer necessary in times of industrial abundance. When we lose weight, the fatty acid molecules are reduced and the fat cells shrink.
Cannabis makes you thin?
Cannabis is probably more associated with extended "munchies" than weight loss. The munchies are due to the psychoactive THC. CBD does not have the same effect. Prolonged malnutrition unbalances the body's endocannabinoid system. Regular intake of phytocannabinoids, such as CBD, can redress this imbalance.
At this point, there are only two studies that look at CBD and weight. Very few but still with promising results. At times, the following abilities could be observed:
- CBD increases the number and activity of mitochondria in fat cells. Mitochondria contribute to the fact that fat is burned faster.
- CBD activates genes and proteins that support fat burning.
- CBD slows down the activity of proteins that stimulate the growth of fat cells.
The studies show CBD can play a supporting role in fat burning. Activation and deactivation of proteins, genes and mitochondria helps turn fat into combustible substances. However, exercise and diet remain the key.
White and brown fat
Ever heard of white fat and brown fat? Both are types of fat deposits found in an adult body. White fat tissue is much more common and is known from fat deposits such as the abdomen, buttocks and thighs. When there is an increased demand for energy, the body makes use of these white fat cells. Brown fat is burned with the release of heat, it is considered a kind of heating plant of the body, especially babies are often generously equipped with it. Brown fat is considered to be healthier, to put it very bluntly. The fatty acids associated with it contribute less to diabetes and heart disease than the fatty acids associated with white fat. Furthermore, overall fat loss is accelerated by a majority of brown fat cells. Brown fat cells stimulate the production of certain proteins that break down white fat cells. Initial studies were able to prove that CBD is able to convert white fat tissue into brown fat tissue. The step from storing tissue to burning tissue can therefore be supported with CBD.
The term "support" is central. CBD cannot replace a healthy diet and sufficient exercise. CBD oils do not melt kilos overnight. Weight loss takes care, patience and perseverance. However, CBD seems to be a promising support act, as previous studies show, and may facilitate a kilo melt or two. Fancy a test run? Thisway .
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Parray, Hilal Ahmad et al. Cannabidiol promotes browning in 3T3-L1 adipocytes. 2016.
Ignatowska-Jankowska, Bogna. Cannabidiol decreases body weight gain in rats: involvement of CB2 receptors. 2011.